Lora Berg


Lora joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, then as managing editor until 1999. She has also worked as a contributing editor to the publication, and the National Hog Farmer digital editor responsible for content on the nationalhogfarmer.com Web site. Lora serves as the editor of the Nutrient Management, Weekly Preview and Weekly Wrap Up e-newsletters. She has also written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition.

Ralco Animal Health - DE-Lyte 6
DE-Lyte is a liquid nutritional supplement that helps ease pig transitions from the sow to the nursery at weaning time. Russell Fent, Ralco Animal Health, explained, “Typically it takes just over two days for 95% of pigs to come onto feed once they enter the nursery. DE-Lyte is fortified with vitamins D and E to support the young pigs’ transitioning immune system and promote healthy bone development.”
SFP – More-than-Manure Nutrient Manager 68
The More-than-Manure (MTM) Nutrient Manager is a liquid product designed to be poured directly into confinement barn manure pits or lagoons.
Big Dutchman - DryExact Pro 12
The Big Dutchman DryExact Pro is a computer-controlled, chain-disk feeding system that gives producers the ability to deliver a different diet to each feeder. The system uses a batch mixer to blend and deliver individual feed recipes and allows for easy, multi-phase feeding. A two-loop system can feed different diets simultaneously, allowing for quick distribution of feed with one batch mixer.
Bioverse - AgraSphere 27
The Bioverse AgraSphere went on the market last fall after eight years of development, according to Bioverse’s Brad Carson. The product distributes beneficial bacteria into manure storage systems to reduce sludge buildup and crusting using a biodegradable sphere made of a corn-based polymer.
2012 World Pork Expo New Product Tour Showcases Innovative Products 8
While the 2012 National Hog Farmer World Pork Expo New Product Review Panel found there were often a number of products targeting the same need at this year’s trade show, they worked hard to make sure they brought forward new ideas for consideration wherever possible.
Attitudes about Food Production are Eye-Opening
During the recent North American Strategy Conference on Animal Agri¬culture held in Chicago, the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) assembled a diverse panel of consumers from the area. Panel members were unaware that they were speaking to an audience primarily made up of food producers and distributors.
Food Supply Chain Communication Drives Positive Change 2
That was the overwhelming message to those attending the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) North American Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture held in Chicago recently. Participants included agricultural producers, food distributors and restaurant and grocery store supply chain managers from across North America. The conference goal was to identify ways to build consumer trust for food animal agriculture.
Security Cameras Provide Added Protection 2
In recent years, the number of break-ins at remote hog building sites has escalated. Sometimes animals disappear; other times, equipment, copper or steel are the target. Sadly, cruelty to animals, vandalism and destruction of property have been the motives behind unauthorized entry.
It's All About the Pork at World Pork Expo 2012 4
It's all about the pork at World Pork Expo this year. Everywhere you look something tasty seems to be on the grill. Take a look at our photo gallery from the first and second days of World Pork Expo and be inspired (and possibly hungry).
What Brought You to World Pork Expo? 1
We asked National Hog Farmer booth visitors to share the main motivator that got them to journey to Des Moines for World Pork Expo this year. They also told us about the coolest thing they had seen so far on the first day of Expo.
Wanted: Pig Pictures 1
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful and we think you might agree! To share our pork industry enthusiasm we are inviting our readers to submit your favorite photo of your ugliest--or prettiest-- pig.
How to Make Good Use of a Smartphone 9
Pat Thome did his homework to make sure he bought a smartphone that would be rugged and could stand up to the challenging and often dusty, dirty and wet conditions in barns and outdoors. His phone is an important tool he uses every day in his farrow-to-finish operation near Adams, MN.
Tackling Smartphone Technology 8
More and more pork producers are turning to smartphones as a go-to tool within their operations. The dizzying array of applications, or “apps,” as they are commonly called, can seem a bit overwhelming.
Pit Foaming Continues To Perplex Researchers 20
Researchers from several Mid¬western universities have teamed up to investigate potential causes and, hopefully, solutions, to the perplexing and dangerous problem of foaming manure pits under swine buildings.
Urban Media Reports Abound on Antimicrobial Issue
Not surprisingly, consumer interest in food production has driven press coverage this week of the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions regarding antimicrobial use in livestock production. The FDA issued three documents guiding veterinarians, farmers and animal producers on the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals by eliminating production uses and targeting antimicrobial use to only address diseases and health problems. A variety of experts weighed in on both sides of this issue in stories across the nation.
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